Resident orcas ~ A23’s & A25’s in Johnstone Strait

It was an amazing day with a stiff NW wind blowing, there were also orcas and sunshine!  We encountered the A23’s and A25’s as they headed west from the Robson Bight Ecological Reserve and observed as they passed by Izumi Rock and continued on, the A43’s were travelling tight along the Vancouver Island shoreline, A60 was well in the lead while A61 & A85 were a

a kelp forest

a kelp forest

distance out from the shore in the rear but as we watched they too made their way over to the Vancouver Island shoreline. With the NW wind blowing we had our main sail hoisted and our time with the orcas was exhilarating and energizing; it was exciting to watch them moving steadily along and amazing for passengers to see them swimming in so close to the shoreline. Leaving the orcas we made our way into the Plumper Islands enjoying quieter waters and beautiful scenery while partaking of our Devonshire Tea’s. Other species also seen: dall’s porpoises, harbour seals, stellar sea lions, rhinoceros auklets, pigeon guillemots, bald eagles, oyster catchers, ruddy turnstones, belted kingfishers, herring, california and glaucous-winged gulls.

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